Tree Planting Guide

The right tree in the right place enhances your home and requires minimal maintenance.

Right Tree, Right Place

You don't have to have a degree in forestry like our expert tree crews in order to plant and maintain trees in a way that minimizes hassle down the road. Here are some tips to keep your trees happy and everyone safe.

Selecting a tree

There’s a lot to consider when you are selecting a tree. Are you planting it for shade? To attract wildlife? Screen a view? Add color or flowers? Read on for more tree selection considerations.

How to plant a tree

You’re going to be living with this tree for a long time. Planting it correctly will help ensure a long, happy relationship with your new tree.

Guidelines for inspecting trees

Inspecting your trees on a regular basis can help prevent damage or injury from falling limbs. Here’s what to look for.

Tree pruning & removal

Cutting trees and severe pruning is restricted within most cities and requires a permit. Need to prune your tree? Let us help.

Know your tree zones

To improve your safety, reduce maintenance hassles and reduce tree-related power outages, use these guidelines when choosing and planting trees.

Tree Zone Illustration

Parking strip under power lines — Zone 1

Near the parking strip, stick with small trees (20-30 feet). They are generally compatible with overhead power lines. Also consider the shape or spread of the tree; a species with a spreading crown is better suited to a wider parking strip.

Front/side yard — Zone 2

Small to medium trees are appropriate here, depending on the size of your front/side yards. Medium sized trees (30-50 feet) require large private lawn areas.

Back yard — Zone 3

In the backyard, any size tree is okay — depending on the size of your yard. Large trees (50+ feet) require a large yard.

In Zones 2 and 3

Plant trees with spreading crowns at least 25 feet away from wires, sidewalks and buildings.

Trees with columnar or pyramidal forms should be at least 10 feet away. 

Stay safe! Remember these tree safety tips

Call before you dig. Dial 811 to have underground utilities marked. Call at least two business days prior to digging.

Call the PGE Tree Hotline at 800-544-1794 for advice or assistance before working on trees near power lines.

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Friends of Trees

We support Friends of Trees to help our community enjoy the benefits of trees.

Since 1989, Friends of Tree has planted 800,000+ trees and native shrubs in the Portland-Vancouver-Salem and Eugene-Springfield metro areas.